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We had a terrible downpour just a bit ago. My girl Thelma was outside in her little pen. She had a top to protect her from drizzling but the rain came from all angles. My Thelma was cold and soaking wet. Not the first time she was drenched. Into the house, got wrapped up in a warm towel then a blow dry. Even her little feathered feet were soaking. She’s all dry and warm and will spend the night in the house.

Kitty Grass

Tasha enjoys her kitty grass I grew for her.


I can’t capture what this sweet baby does while walking with mommy. Áila loves to jump over her mother’s lead on their walk back to the stable. I think she may enjoy agility training. Hummmm!😊

New Enclosure for my Little Piggies

My piggies Punch and Judi have a brand new hand made enclosure.

My boys were housed in a beautiful rabbit cage. It’s a lovely large cage. It actually seemed small after awhile. They needed more space to be happy silly piggies.

My husband took my vision and made a wonderful enclosure. The new enclosure is not on the floor. It’s now on a table for easy access for me and my bad back. It has a great open space for running and popcorning. There’s a separate section for fresh foods and water. There’s another separate section for the all important hay.

They have 2 large hide homes, one on either end of the enclosure. Both piggies can be inside together, if they choose.

A main difference in their new enclosure, besides space. My piggies are now housed on fleece instead of shavings. The benefit of fleece is 2 fold. Soft and gentle on tiny piggy feet and if made correctly, has an absorbent lining to collect the wee wee. It’s also cost effective. Piggies wee wee a lot and changing out shavings adds up.

My boys have a set being professionally made by a wonderful woman in the UK. She uses the best non pill polar fleece with an absorbent layer of Zorb which can hold X10 its weight in wee wee leaving the top layer of fleece dry and clean. The cage liners are machine washable and reversible. My order will be ready and delivered to my while I’m in London. In the meanwhile, I have made my own 1st set for my boys. The liners, pads and Snuggle Pouches have an Eco Friendly absorbent layer of bamboo. Clean up is easy, just sweeping up little poopies. They stay clean and dry.

Punch and Judi are learning where to find all the important items like water, kibble, fresh veggies and hay supply.

I hope they will be happy in their new home.


Rabbit cage

You can see that as nice as this cage is, the floor space is limited

New enclosure just after it was finished in the workshop

A daisy waterproof lining covets the entire bottom

The new enclosure gets some finishing touches such as a wood like covering to blend in with the furnishings in my office

Handmade cage liner in place as well as Snuggle Pouches with extra pads

A New Home for Punch & Judi

We got Judi first and his home was just fine. But, when we got Punch, it was clear that my 2 boys needed a larger enclosure.

Leif took my idea and went to work.

The finishing touches are going on soon. Not quite ready for my boys but I know they will LOVE their new home. They will be housed on fleece for their sweet little feet. Their first fleece liners will be made by me. Their real professional liners with wonderful absorbent inner layers will not arrive till July. No shavings but fleece which is soft, washable and economical.

Check this space for the complete enclosure.




I apologize for the delay in making this announcement but our house hold has been a bit off balance with the loss of our 2 senior kitties, the Baby Girls.

My daughter and I have decided on a name for our little guinea pig.

Congratulations to Susan Rogers who suggested the name; JUDI. We decided to go with the whimsy. We got Judi a pal and he is now named Punch.

We have two boys named Punch & Judi!

They are pals from the same breeder. The breeder Carola was kind to deliver little Punch to us at Gullringstorp. They are adorable and so sweet.

After Punch arrived, the cage I had all of a sudden seemed too small for my boys. Leif has built a beautiful large enclosure that is now in my office. It’s still being finished but photos will be posted on my blog.

Thank you to everyone who offered names for my little boy.

Congratulations again to Susan Rogers!🎈🎈 Please DM your contact info so I can send you your prize of a FREE bar of Li’l Sis Eco Friendly Goat Milk Soap #guineapig #pets #petstagram #piggy


Sweden is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave.

I bought these cooling collars at a sale last year. Tasha feels faint in the heat and Max is just plain uncomfortable.

Houses in Sweden don’t have central air, as a rule. We have a portable AC in our bedroom and fans throughout the house.

These cooling collars are coming in handy!☀️️☀️️☀️️☀️️

Zooplus Haul

My order for my little piggies arrived today!!

Wonderful glass drip proof water bottles made of RECYCLED glass. They each have a tiny carrot inside to help you see water level. I bought 2 so there will always be a clean one available.

A fun wicker tunnel for my piggies to enjoy. We are planning to build a much larger enclosure for them. Currently they are in a beautiful rabbit cage but, need much more room to run, popcorn and play. It’ll fit well in the large enclosure.

Pea Flakes are a nutritious treat to be given as you wish. A morning treat or a bedtime treat. 100% Natural with raw protein, calcium and copper. A product from Germany.

I’m happy and hope my piggies will be also.

Goodbye Juliet

It’s with much sadness we said goodbye to our 2nd senior kitty yesterday. May 31, 2018 our Juliet went over the Rainbow Bridge. She was 18 yrs old. She will soon join her sister Pumpkin, age 20 yrs old, who made the travel just 6 days prior.

Juliet was a real trooper and adjusted so well to change and she had many changes in her life. Rescued from a shelter in NJ she was welcomed into our home and was embraced by other kitties and Little Lady my iguana. She and her sister made the scary trip into Manhattan as I drove for the first time to settle my daughter in her new flat. The “sisters” traveled in the same pet carrier and were wide eyed as they came out of the tunnel and saw the big city. Little did they know, their travels were not done. They both flew to join our family at Gullringstorp when my daughter was off to grad studies in Glasgow. They were able to fly together in the same travel crate. Juliet embraced her new home and environment just as smoothly as her sister Pumpkin. After a few days in my daughter’s bedroom, they were able to join the gang. The stairs were the best part for Juliet. My husband spoke of the way she sounded when she came down the stairs, at her funeral. She always sounded like a herd of horses. Juliet came to me with tummy issues and always had difficulties digesting her meals. Many ended up on the floor. I spent several months testing and finally finding just the right formula for her meal. Consistency and temperature was key. As she grew older she began to lose her sight. That never stopped her. She knew the way to the stairs to go up to her potty or just take a stroll around the downstairs area. She and Pumpkin were not biological sisters but lived as if they were. They had good times as well as bad. But they enjoyed each other’s company.

Juliet is buried next to Pumpkin at a place we call 4 Trees Gullringstorp. The funeral was attended once again by Leif, myself and Juliet’s 2 dog brothers, Max and Finn.

There is a huge hole in the fabric of this household at Gullringstorp. The “Baby Girls” as my daughter called them and they were known as by many, are no more.

It’s with a very heavy heart and tear stained face, I say my final goodbye to the Baby Girls.😢💔

Pumpkin Part 2

Thank you everyone who sent condolences and hugs at our loss of little Pumpkin. Many have asked how she passed. She was a feisty little cat who insisted on climbing the stairs. I scooped her up and gave her a lift up, if I happened to see her. The day previously, May 23, one of her legs went out from under her. I knew it would be soon. She had no pain or complaints. She was just a little senior cat. On the 24th after returning from the goats, I passed by the bathroom where both senior kitties slept in peace and she was on the floor, not her bed and just did not look right. Scooping her up, I knew it was her time to go. This is the little rocker that I rocked my little senior kitty in for 2 hours. I talked to her while Finn seemed to sit vigil for her. He came to sniff her and he knew. He respectfully did not try to kiss her face off as usual. It was very gentle, then he laid at my feet. When Pumpkin fell asleep, I placed her on her cozy bed. She passed very soon after. I kissed her and told her I would see her again one day. My little love went painlessly and peacefully over the Rainbow Bridge🌈 😢💔